Do you publish a website? Are you looking to find a position as a social media and content manager? Over at Vancouvermom.ca they’re hiring a Social Media and Content Manager and four City Bloggers. If this type of work is up your alley, you’ll definitely want to check out their hiring page.
I noticed this posting because at first blush it is the type of opportunity that would interest me. Here’s why.
Right now I am on sabbatical. (See my About page.) I’m not sure from what exactly, but I did work before having children and I plan to work full-time in a paid position in the future. So at a minimum I’d say that I’m on sabbatical from my career. I started my career in the field of Early Childhood Education – specializing in Montessori education. I decided to work with children in the youngest grade levels because I love the Montessori primary programme and wanted to help children start school on the right foot. After working in that field for a number of years (including five years working for an international school overseas), I returned to Vancouver to complete a graduate degree. This was followed by experience working in the field of educational policy research. Finally I worked for a local university and finished my last job there in a junior management position. The birth of my children was a personal highlight alongside marriage to my husband. While I was on maternity leave, there was a turn-over in my office and my position was cut. So here I am. I’m on sabbatical, looking after my children full-time – an educator, with some managerial experience, who publishes a website. A social media position/blogger position would fit in nicely.
When I saw these ads over at Vancouvermom.ca I did what I always do in such circumstances. I took inventory. ”Hmnn”, I thought, “how many of these skill sets do I have?”
* Am I a whizz with Facebook and Twitter? Others consider me to be right in the thick of things when it comes to using these social media applications. I do try to stretch the potential of these sites to the maximum for my own benefit.
* Do I know what hip/happening moms like and how to engage them using social media in a corporate setting? Another “hmnn”. I’m not sure what ”in a corporate setting” means. Does it mean that I use social media applications for a money making and not purely private venture? Since I haven’t monetized my site, I don’t have ads, don’t use Google Ads, and don’t have sponsors, I guess the answer is “no”. My efforts must count as being purely non-corporate.
* I’ve started using Hoot Suite, I know what an RSS feed is and have made my site RSS feed friendly. I don’t read Mashable and excuse me while I take a break to “Google” Gary Vaynerchuk. … Oh yes. I’ve read about him, but he didn’t make a lasting impression on me. I don’t follow his work.
* I’m a proud owner of a WordPress run site which replaced a similar site that I ran on Blogger for six years. I can’t believe I’ve been actively creating content on the Internet since 2004! I’ve signed up with Dropbox, but don’t use it. I’ve used Google Docs and think it’s a great tool.
* Am I an excellent writer? Sure. Well, at a minimum I can say that I do strive to be a good writer. Am I sassy? Sometimes, but not always.
* Can I coordinate others? I’m pretty sure I can handle that task, based on previous work experience.
* Am I familiar with SEO? Yes. Do it I ensure SEO for my site to the best of my abilities ? Yes. Do I do a good job of ensuring SEO for my website? Possibly.
* Do I know how to use HTML? I do dabble in this area. It’s an important skill to have if you want to design your own website without asking for help from other people.
* I’ve got the major programmes on my computer and I’m an expert photo cropper.
* My availability each week goes up and down, although I could cram in six hours. This point is neither here nor there as my task here is to take stock of how I’m doing (and I don’t live in Vancouver.)
* Do I do what I love and love what I do? Absolutely. Every day and always.
* While I currently live outside of Vancouver, after moving from Yaletown, I don’t meet the residency requirements for the Blogger section of this job ad. Now that I’m living in the Tri-City area, the pace of life has slowed down considerably. I’m very much focussed on raising my almost 2 year old toddlers. I’m not walking around the city with them, as I did in Yaletown. Our ability to explore the area and find out new information is random and unpredictable. At this point I am definitely not one of the most in-the-know mums when it come to the Tri-City area.
* 20 posts in 6 months is doable for me. I decided to focus on quality rather than quantity and don’t endeavour to produce content every day. Instead I do share information on the BC Family Facebook page, Twitter page and related Tumblr site on a daily basis (between the three of them).
* I’m a keen photographer – thank goodness – so I do like to use my own photography on my website, when I can.
Based on the answers I gave and the amount of categories, I give myself a B grade. That’s not so great. Aren’t you supposed to strive to be the best you can be at whatever you do? Granted I do have time and energy constraints, but still. I must work on this. How about you? Are you publishing a website? How would you grade your efforts?
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